(每日读经7/13) 哥林多后书 - 2 Cor. 12.11–13.13
Updated: Jul 13
I have become foolish; you yourselves have compelled me. For it is I who should have been commended by you; for in nothing am I inferior to the super-apostles, even though I am nothing.
Indeed the signs of an apostle were wrought among you in all endurance by signs and wonders and works of power.
For what is there in which you were treated in a manner inferior to the rest of the churches, except that I myself was not a burden to you? Graciously forgive me this injustice!
Behold, this third time I am ready to come to you, and I will not be a burden; for I do not seek what is yours but you. For the children ought not to store up for the parents, but the parents for the children.
But I, I will most gladly spend and be utterly spent on behalf of your souls. If I love you more abundantly, am I loved less?
But let it be so! I did not burden you; but, as some of you say, being crafty, I took you by guile.
Did I take advantage of you through anyone whom I have sent to you?
I entreated Titus and sent with him the brother. Titus did not take advantage of you, did he? Did we not walk in the same spirit? In the same steps?
All this time you have been thinking that we are defending ourselves to you. Before God in Christ we speak; but all things, beloved, are for your building up.
For I fear that perhaps when I come, I may find you not such as I wish, and I may be found by you not such as you wish; that perhaps there may be strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, slanders, whisperings, demonstrations of being puffed up, tumults;
That when I come again my God may humble me before you and I may mourn over many who have sinned before and who have not repented of the uncleanness and fornication and licentiousness which they have practiced.
This third time I am coming to you; at the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
I have previously said and I say beforehand, when I was present the second time and being absent now, to those who have sinned before and to all the rest, that if I come again, I will not spare,
Since you seek a proof of the Christ who is speaking in me, who is not weak unto you but is powerful in you.
For indeed He was crucified out of weakness, but He lives by the power of God. For indeed we are weak in Him, but we will live together with Him by the power of God directed toward you.
Test yourselves whether you are in the faith; prove yourselves. Or do you not realize about yourselves that Jesus Christ is in you, unless you are disapproved?
But I hope that you will know that we are not disapproved.
Now we pray to God that you do nothing wrong, not that we may appear approved, but that you yourselves may do what is good and we may be as if disapproved.
For we are not able to do anything against the truth but rather for the truth.
For we rejoice whenever we are weak and you are powerful; this also we pray for, your perfecting.
Therefore I write these things while being absent in order that when present I would not have to use severity, according to the authority which the Lord has given me for building up and not for overthrowing.
Finally, brothers, rejoice, be perfected, be comforted, think the same thing, be at peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
Greet one another with a holy kiss.
All the saints greet you.